December 2009 - February 2010: Issue 33

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Performing Arts Job Descriptions Needed

The National Federation of the Blind needs job descriptions from any of you who are blind and are acting on stage, in film or in ads. We need you to provide us with a description of what acting is like, how you entered this profession and how you do it. Your description will be added to the NFB's "Where The Blind Work," a new and ever growing resource of career descriptions and how the blind compete within them. This is a great resource to assist youth to plan for future employment and for the adult who is looking to change jobs and/or careers.

Your description must follow the below five question format. When completed please email them to

  1. * Name, * Industry in which you work, * Job title, Address 1, Address 2, City, State, Zip Code, Phone number, E-mail,
  2. Please explain to us what any worker would do on this job (specialized blindness alternatives will appear below).
  3. Please tell us the cause of your blindness. Then, let us know about the alternative methods and/or techniques you use to perform your job.
  4. Please let us know of any required special training, education, certificates, experience, etc. needed for this job.
  5. Please tell us about anyone or anything that aided you to be successful.

Visit the "Where The Blind Work" at


News from DanceAbility

New Website
DanceAbility International is happy to announce that it now has a Spanish website. The address is It can also be reached at, or from the English site by clicking on the link that says "En Español" at the top right-hand side of every page.

Encuentro de Contact in Chile
In January 2010, the third Encuentro de Contact (3rd Contact Improvisation Festival) will take place in Santiago, Chile, from January 4 to January 9. Alito Alessi will present a DanceAbility workshop. There will also be a DanceAbility workshop taught by Alito in Rio de Janeiro during the Contact in Rio Festival, from January 19-22.

Montevideo Teacher Certification Course
February 1 to 26, 2010, Montevideo, Uruguay: There will be a DanceAbility Teacher Certification course taught in English, with Spanish translation. The course is currently full, but if you want to be on the waiting list, please email producer Florencia Martinelli with your information at


2010 Pacific Rim Conference Planned

Planning for the 2010 Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities is underway. The Conference will be held on Monday and Tuesday, April 12 and 13, 2010 at the Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. One of the topic areas is Disability Studies and Disability Culture. Proposal abstracts are due no later than Friday, Dec. 18, 2009.

We welcome proposals in areas including:

  1. Current developments and national and global approaches in Disability
    Studies programs
  2. Historical and contemporary perspectives about Disability Studies
  3. Present and future impacts of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on Disability Studies and Disability Culture
  4. The role of the Internet and technology including social networking, distance learning and online research tools on Disability Studies research and dissemination
  5. The intersections, including integration and collaboration, between Disability Studies and Universal Design for Learning principles. The ways in which Disability Culture has informed Disability Studies.

We welcome submissions in all presentation formats.

Please read the criteria for each format. You may submit proposals online or send your proposals via email to

For more information, contact: Megan Conway,, 808-956-6166; Steve Brown,, 808-956-0996; Norma Jean Stodden,, 808-956-4454; or Kelly Roberts, For general questions about the Call for Proposals or the Conference 2010, please contact Charmaine Crockett at


New Video Sharing Website

Webby Talents is a video-sharing site designed by and for people with disabilities across the world. It offers an online service for sharing and watching videos made by or for persons with disabilities. For information on how to upload your video,


Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability Scholarship

Open to Student Producers currently enrolled in a U.S. College, University or Community College.

Thanks to a special partnership with the Loreen Arbus Foundation, the Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability Scholarship - a $10,000 award - was created to recognize student filmmakers who:

This award will be given to a student writer, producer or director who is disabled, to a student producer whose piece focuses on people with disabilities, or to a piece that features a person with a disability as one of the main characters.

Submission Deadline: January 13, 2010

For rules and guidelines and to submit your work, go to and click on College TV Awards.

Categories include: Animation, Children's, Comedy, Commercial, Documentary, Drama, Interactive Media, Magazine, Music (Best Composition), Music (Best Use), Newscast Series - Narrative and new this year, Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability Scholarship